Block Museum: A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s

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Block Museum: Charlotte Moorman

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
January 16–July 17, 2016

A Feast of Astonishments: Opening Program and Celebration

Saturday, January 16 – Free Public Event
Program and performances, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall: 1:30pm
Exhibition viewing, Block Museum: 10:00am–6:00pm
An ASTONISHING artist deserves an ASTONISHING celebration! Join us for a feast of presentations, conversations, and performances:

Joan Rothfuss, independent writer, art historian, and critic (author of Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman), will shed light on why Moorman was such an influential figure who brought new, experimental art to the masses.
Barbara Moore, art historian, writer, and former rare-book dealer specializing in avant-garde art of the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, will provide a detailed look at the 15 Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals that Moorman organized from 1963 through 1980.

A roundtable discussion of Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals will be moderated by Hannah Higgins, professor of art history at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and feature Sandra Binion, Chicago-based video artist and performer; Andrew Gurian, filmmaker and video artist; Alison Knowles, multi-media Fluxus artist; Jim McWilliams, who designed most of the posters for the Avant Garde Festivals; and Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist who transformed the discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender.

Takehisa Kosugi. Chamber Music
Performed by Drake Driscoll, Bienen School of Music student
Morton Feldman. Projection One
Performed by Riana Anthony, Bienen School of Music student
John Cage. Cello Etude Boreales, no. 1
Performed by Drake Driscoll, Bienen School of Music student
Nam Jun Paik. One for Violin Solo
Performed by Myrtil Mitanga, Bienen School of Music student

This program is presented in partnership with the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University and co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.
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